Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students alike. What does it mean to you?
Largely speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief systems and cultures that come with them.
How does this translate to the college experience?
When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are actually seeking are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures.
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also promoting an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at West Point, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
Overall Diversity is Good
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity.
United States Military Academy is thought to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #626 nationwide.
Ranked Well for Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse college campuses offer students the chance to study and learn from undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #780 for ethnic diversity means United States Military Academy is above average nationally.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at West Point
If available, the chart below explores ethnic diversity among the undergraduate students at West Point.
West Point ranks above average in ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
College is Heavily Dominated by One Sex
Do you prefer a campus with an equal mix of males to females?
At United States Military Academy, the disparity between men and women on campus is much higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at West Point is predominantly male.
This institution is ranked at #2,356 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 3,524 males and 824 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at West Point
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among West Point's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at West Point is poor compared to the national average.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among West Point's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at West Point is above average.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Very High Geographic Diversity
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
Less than 10% of the students attending United States Military Academy come from within New York. This puts West Point's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #16.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
Students attending West Point hail from all 50 states and Washington D.C.
Presence of International Students at West Point
There is a relatively small community of about 56 international students at United States Military Academy representing 16 countries. To see more, check out the West Point International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At United States Military Academy, 76.7% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank West Point #2,856 in the nation for student age diversity.
West Point Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at West Point.
Questions About Diversity
- How is West Point doing at supporting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how West Point is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to West Point?
Call the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are available that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.